Aug. 24, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Alabama volleyball team lost a tightly contested match to the Northeastern Huskies, 3-2, in the second match of the Beanpot Classic. The individual set scores were 17-25, 25-18, 24-26, 28-30 and 13-15. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 1-1 on the season and in the tournament, while the Huskies are now 1-0.
Andrea McQuaid had the best hitting night for Alabama, posting a .433 hitting percentage on 14 kills with one error on 30 attempts. McQuaid posted her first double-double of the season, and 16th of her career with 17 digs.
Kayla Fitterer became the 13th player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau, when she recorded her first kill of the match. Fitterer finished the night with 16 kills and now ranks 12th in school history in kills with 1,015 for her career, as she passed Erin Price (1,014).
Junior libero Yukie Futami posted a match-high 29 digs, while freshman setter Sierra Wilson recorded a double-double with 56 assists and 15 digs, while adding three services aces. As a team, Alabama had nine aces in the match as Kryssi Daniels and McQuaid added three and two respectively.
Pricilla Duke-Ezeji had a match-high 22 kills, but only hit .066 as she finished the night with 18 hitting errors. The Tide was finished the match with a team hitting percentage of .138, as Northeastern posted 15 kills. The Huskies had a .187 hitting percentage.
UA got off to a tough start, dropping the first set 25-17. In the opening set, the Tide trailed 10-3 before chipping away at the Huskies lead to get as close at 17-19 following kill by Duke-Ezeji. From there, the Huskies rolled off six straight points to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Tide hit .000 in the first set as a team.
The Tide improved their hitting numbers in the second set, posting a .228 mark en route to a 25-18 victory in the set. Leading the way was Duke-Ezeji, as she had seven kills in the set with one error on 15 swings for a .400 hitting mark. Fitterer also added five kills in the set with a .273 mark after hitting -.333 on the opening frame.
In the third set, Alabama held a 23-20 lead, and had set point at 24-22, but the Huskies rallied to win four straight points to take the set 26-24.
Trailing 2-1 in the match, Alabama grinded out a 30-28 win in the fourth set. With the Tide leading 20-16, Northeastern went on a 7-2 run to take a 23-22 lead. The teams traded points until a kill by Duke-Ezeji and a block by Duke-Ezeji and Katherine White ended the set.
In the fifth and decisive set, Alabama led 7-5 before the Huskies used a 9-3 run to open a 14-10 advantage. The Tide rallied to get within one at 14-13, but NU's Kelly Bacon ended the match with her eighth kills of the night.
Alabama wraps up the Beanpot Classic on Saturday with a 1 p.m. CST, match against the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The match will be played at Soloman Court on the Northeastern campus in Boston. The audio broadcast of the match will be available for free on RollTide.com.
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